Post # 31
First cut.. Always cut. Then for me, colour and clarity. I like a certain range, and calrity for me is a mind clean thing. I like VS or better. Some people are happy with *eye clean*. But that really depends on one’s eyes, and how skilled they are at viewng diamonds. 😉 Then carat. I want as huge as I can get too, lol, but if it is too warm for me, or a crap cut etc, what is the point?
Post # 32
It’s not quite so black and white. It’s a balance of characteristics. There are ranges of acceptable parameters. For my fiance, it was eye-clean, GIA XXX, no fluorescence, H or better in color, and over the carat mark. He was shown diamonds in his price range and chose based on which diamond was most sparkly and brilliant.
Post # 33
We went and compared hundreds of different diamonds. Color is so important! Everyone compliments on how shiney my diamond is. It really makes all the difference. Holding two next to each other you can definitely tell which one has a better color. Who wants a yellowish diamond?! Quality over quantity.
Post # 34
- Wedding: October 2016 - The Estate on the Halifax
Sorry bees, I should have made it more clear about why I didn’t list cut on my post (although it says it in my poll). Cut is my first priority and something I will not compromise! Who would want to pay for something so expensive that is not sparkly?! I know all about the four Cs and know to only purchase GIA and AGL diamonds and etc, I am just curious to what made YOU all decide!
Post # 35
After Cut the most important thing to me was color – because I can really see it and DH said he never wanted me to put my ring next to someone else’s and have it appear a lower color (which I thought would never happen because who does that? But turns out a girl I know got engaged close to the same time and when we saw each other she grabbed my hand and put it right next to hers and the color was CLEARLY visible – Mine is an E hers was an H :-/) That said after color it was really a balancing act between size and clarity. For me, as long as its eye clean clarity, the bigger the better 🙂
Post # 36
For me, cut is important. You can have a colorless clear diamond, but if the cut isn’t good, it won’t sparkle. So in terms of importance to me: cut, clarity, color, carat.
Pricescope has better info on diamonds, in my opinion. Also, if you order a diamond through James Allen, you have a 30 day return window- no questions asked. So you could always order diamonds and then check them out to see how you feel and return what you don’t like.
Post # 37
I tend to agree that I had acceptable parameters in each category, so it wasn’t a matter of choosing priorities and lettting the rest of the specs be rotten. GIA or AGS grading were the only things we considered, and a round stone that ranked under 2 on the HCA was the only kind we would consider. After that, I wanted a stone that was eye-clean and that did not have inclusions that would impede light play. Colour was negotiable, especially since we went with an 18k YG setting. I didn’t want it to appear noticeably dark or yellow. And DH wanted to maximize carat size. We looked at a LOT of stones and came to have preferences for each of the Cs, but they weren’t necessarily D, IF!
Post # 38
Honestly, I think you should seriously consider what size stone you’d like, and what compromises you’re willing to make. The 3 c’s are extremely important – color, clarity, and cut. None should really be compromised. Unless you want a yellow tint, you’re not going to want to go below G-H-I in color. If you want sparkle, the cut needs to be excellent. If you don’t want light-murdering specks (which can be quite noticable depending on placement) you’re going to want an eye-clean diamond which is around the VSI marker. Carat is more of personal preference. We went with a 0.56 carat virtually flawless center. The specs meant we went smaller on the carat, but its cut made it face up larger because the cut was better, and it looks fabulous! Be honest with yourselves in terms of what your budget is and what you want your stone to look like. If its not matching up, consider a moissanite possibly? They’re flawless and extremely comfortable budget-wise; honestly if Fiance and I were to do things all over again, we’d likely go with a Moissanite!
Post # 39
After cut, my priorities were size, color, clarity (although to be completely honest, I was picky on all three). I ended up getting a center stone a little over 2 carats, G, VS1. I would have gone down to SI1 if the stone was eye clean, but didn’t want to go under the 2-carat mark or lower than G in color.
Post # 40
Cut, carat, colour and clarity. I dont care about clarity that much, if it’s eyeclean then I am happy. VS2, is my preference- anything more than that I dont really notice a difference. I toss between carat and colour.
Post # 41
After cut I looked at clarity. The store we bought from does not sell diamonds below VS2 (mine is VS1). Colour wasn’t overly important to me as the store didn’t stokck anything below I. That left size which really came down to price. A one carat was about $5K more than the 0.72 carat we bought so the price difference was the deciding factor. I would always prioritize cut and clarity over size.